Support for Humza Yousaf’s leadership plummets by 10 percent

Humza Yousaf’s approval rating in Scotland has plummetted by 10 percent since last month, taking him to a net approval rating of -17 percent. Polling conducted by Redfield and Wilton Strategies saw 39 percent of people say they disapprove of Mr Yousaf, while just 22 percent said they approve. The survey, conducted between April 30 and May 2, spoke to 1,295 adults. 

This comes in the wake of a difficult few weeks for the SNP. 

Former party leader Nicola Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell was arrested earlier this month and released without charge 11 hours later as part of an investigation into the funding and finances of the SNP.

The SNP is currently subject to a police investigation into whether £600,000 earmarked for independence campaigning was diverted elsewhere in 2021.

There has been a heavy police presence outside the home Ms Sturgeon shares with her husband, as well as a major police presence at the SNP’s headquarters in Edinburgh.

Mr Murrell – who had been chief executive since 2000 – stepped down earlier this year for unrelated reasons.

He said he had planned to step down after the SNP leadership contest had concluded but was doing so earlier than planned because his “future has become a distraction from the campaign”.

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